The high school has offered courses in Japanese for more than 20 years. The grant will pay the salary of an introductory Japanese teacher.
“The reality was that with increased class sizes and annual budget
challenges, there was a real possibility that we weren’t going to be
able to offer the introductory class in Japanese instruction to our
students anymore,” said Eric Nelson, the high school's assistant principal, in a statement. “Each
course in a modern language needs to meet a minimum enrollment in order
to sustain the cost of providing the class.
"If that number cannot be
reached, the course will be discontinued, which was almost the case with
the Intro to Japanese class.”
The course's instructor, Naomi Satoh, said she was grateful for the opportunity to keep teaching.
“I am very happy about the grant and also to be able to welcome another
group of bright and enthusiastic Japanese 1 students this year,” she said.